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This month, three mainstream magazines take a look at women and guns. Marie Claire partners with Harvard Injury Control Research Center on a groundbreaking national survey of women's relationship with guns. Cosmopolitan magazine tells readers "It's Time To Talk About What Guns Have to Do With Dating. It's more than you might realize." And Glamour spotlights eight women, all survivors of mass shootings, who are fighting to make everyone safer.
► East Bay Express investigative report, The Gunrunner and the Peacemakers, examines how California's strong firearm regulations help catch gunrunners and make it harder for felons to get their hands on guns.
In an op-ed published in the New York Times, President Obama stated, "Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate who does not support common-sense gun reform." Listen to the President talk about the work ahead and how you can get involved.
President Obama is taking a number of steps this week to address our epidemic of gun violence. His first Weekly Address of 2016 looked at the unfinished business of gun violence prevention. On Monday, Obama met with Attorney General Lynch and others to discuss options for reducing gun deaths. As a result of the meeting, the President issued new Executive Actions to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. On Thursday, the President will join CNN in a one-hour live town hall, "Guns in America
President Obama addressed the nation on keeping the American people safe. Here's what Congress should do now to defeat the threat of terrorism here at home: Make sure no one on a No Fly List is able to buy a gun or buy powerful assault weapons.
► From 2004 to 2014, over 2,000 terror suspects legally purchased guns in the U.S. A significant gap in federal law allows suspected or known terrorists to legally buy guns. For more information, read the Center for American Progress fact sheet The Terror Gap.
A team of Harvard researchers are fast-tracking a study that looks at gun sales and transfers. Preliminary findings show that roughly 40 percent of people surveyed acquired their most recent firearm without going though a background check. "We're talking about millions of guns that have been transferred without anyone making sure the recipient was legally permitted to have one."
In a statement on the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama said, "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America. ... This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic. ... We're going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by myself."
Professor Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, talks about a specific policy path that will reduce our murder rate. "Our gun laws allow too low of standards for legal gun ownership and are too weak to hold people accountable when their actions put a gun into the hands of criminals."
The international scholarly journal Preventive Medicine has published a Special Issue on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Gun Violence. Guest Editors Harvard Professor David Hemenway and Johns Hopkins Professor Daniel Webster have assembled an impressive group of contributors on the subject of firearms violence.